USDA Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

The Economic Research Service (ERS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated statistics on several socio-economic factors for rural areas.  Researchers at the ERS use data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, an ongoing function of the Census that keeps track of changes in demographics, employment trends, household incomes, veterans’ status, and other factors that help determine how federal and state funds are distributed.